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manhattan at lunchtime. a single shot from a silver pistol. the shooter fleed the scene in a getaway vehicle. is this the luckiest guy in america? meet the guy that manages an electronics company. now, revealed as the winner of the $192 million golden powerball ticket in arizona. why he's keeping his day job. and four on the floor. remember those driving dogs? well, watch out. they're now taking to the track, going into high gear, putting their paws to the pedals. mario andretti, check your rear-view mirror because the giant schnauzer is coming for you. >> you know that dog is going to
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end up driving in time square, right? welcome back to amy and bianna. l lara is off this week. nelson mandela, the leader is in the hospital now, being treated by doctors for a serious lung infection. we'll have the latest from south africa in a moment. >> many people wishing him well. a dramatic day in court, of n the trial of the high school valedictorian accused of killing his own mother. the chilling testimony from his ex-girlfriend about his fears of his sister being left in the home with his mother. also, we'll get into business with beyonce. the superstar, singing about running the world. let's face it. she does. a new $50 million deal with pepsi. one of the biggest and most expensive ever. >> 5-0. >> yes. >> wow. let's get to sam. the latest on the tornadoes causing so much destruction. we just saw that video from
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florida. >> it's exactly what you would expect, when a powerful arctic front drops into the heat and humidity down in south. this is what folks in edgewater, florida, came face-to-face with. the funnel cloud in their windshield there. barely touched down for about 30 seconds. it is unconfirmed that it was a tornado. it sure looks like one right there. about 70 miles away, this just off in the distance there. about 105-mile-per-hour winds there. 150 properties damaged. and one car wash that we were able to tell in the damage report, completely destroyed the building, that was destroyed out of that. at least 13 tornadoes touched down with this powerful blast, all the way through the deep south. look at these around little rock, birmingham, just south of the birmingham area, in jackson there. 13 tornadoes, 46 storm reports from this. this is the arctic front, that southern part of it that brought snow, by the way, all the way from minneapolis, well to dallas. when you look at the pictures we were getting yesterday, you can
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see the snow's kind of the tires trying to spin. and that snow is more than a foot deep, from wisconsin to minnesota. twitter pictures, coming out of dallas with their first hit of snow for the season. dallas has had more snow this season than chicago, from this arctic blast because they were completely left out of it. we'll watch what happens today. most of that severe weather has moved into the tip of florida and will go through that, so you know what to expect when we come back in regular weather. let's turn to josh elliott for the news of the day. >> we're going to begin with the breaking news out of south africa, concerning human rights icon nelson mandela. doctors just announced why the former president of south africa is in the hospital. bazi kanani joins us from pretoria, south africa. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, josh. nelson mandela is being treated for a lung infection here in the capital city of pretoria.
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that's a serious condition for a man of his age. even though his health has been declining recent years, he was well enough this summer to receive visitors at his home, including the clinton family. mandela has been treated for a lung infection before. this is his fourth day in the hospital. his longest hospitalization in the past several years. doctors say he is responding to treatment. there's no reason to panic. they're also asking south africans to keep their revered leader in their prayers. josh? >> bazi kanani in south africa. here at home, a medical helicopter has crashed west of chicago, killing two nurses and a pilot flying to a nearby hospital. the chopper crashed in a field near rochelle. no word why it crashed. major, new concerns about the war in afghanistan this morning. u.s. troops are set to withdraw in a matter of months. but a new pentagon report finds only 1 of afghanistan's 23 army brigades is prepared to take
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over the duties. we're learning more about the navy s.e.a.l. killed while helping to rescue a doctor in afghanistan. nicholas checque had been a s.e.a.l. for most of the past decade. people in his hometown in pennsylvania said checque dreamed of being a s.e.a.l., entering the navy right out of high school. and in florida, a woman has been convicted of killing a man who won the lottery so she could steal his money. a judge in tampa called dee dee moore cold and swindling before killing abraham shakespeare. two, major headlines returning your taxpayer money. the government is selling off its remaining stake in aig, the insurance company that got the biggest bailout in the financial crisis. a slight profit is expected. and hsbc is expected to pay the government $1.9 million to settle accusations that the bank helped launder money for mexican
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drug cartels and for officials in iran. and take a look at this. massive fireball that you'll see there, streaking across the sky over houston. unfortunately, it was not a ufo. simply a meteor that people saw before dawn, driving. very unfortunate. it was so bright, a camera caught it 500 miles away. had it been a ufo, obviously, a life-changer. and it was supposed to be the game of the year between new england and houston last night. wasn't even close. even when things didn't go as planned, as you see here, well, the patriots took advantage, fumbling into the end zone. why not? tom brady and the patriots steamrolling the houston, texans. the new daddy threw for four scores. and right now, there's no doubt about who the kings of the hill are in the nfl. >> josh, thanks very much. we're going to turn to the brazen shooting in midday, midtown manhattan, just steps
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away from carnegie hall. a young man executed. one bullet to the back of the head in a mob-style hit. this was calm and cold-blooded. >> reporter: this crime was carefully planned. an execution-style shooting on a busy sidewalk, just during lunchtime, with a getaway car waiting. this morning, police are trying to figure out how the shooter could have just vanished. abc news has learned police are reviewing security camera footage as they try to figure out who gunned down this man, 31-year-old brandon lincoln woodard, a law student from los angeles, seen here in a facebook pho photo. >> there was blood from his mouth to his face. >> i seen him drop to the floor. >> reporter: police say the cold and calculated attack happened just after 2:00 monday afternoon, in this bustling area, right in front of a school. investigators believe the gunman lay in wait for at least 40
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minutes. woodard checked out of a posh new york city hotel, the shooter followed. witnesses say the victim looked at his phone and turned back instinctively, but kept going. that's when police say the shooter raised a semiautomatic pistol and shot woodard once in the back of the head. >> one, lout shot. we all flinched. >> reporter: witnesses say the shooter got into a silver-colored lincoln sedan with a getaway driver and took off. authorities called it a bold assassination. >> absolutely gone. nowhere to be found. >> reporter: that he vanished was made harder to believe, because he was in an area crowded with tourists and surveillance cameras. >> the sheer fact he shot him in the back of the head, tells me this was planned and directed. >> reporter: the friends and family are shocked. he attended prep school. and had ties to the hip-hop
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industry. >> kind heart. smart. really good person. >> reporter: but sources tell abc news, woodard had some run-ins with police. he reportedly was expected in court january 22nd in beverly hills, on a felony cocaine possession charge, according to authorities. and sources tell abc news, woodard was in town on vacation. police are looking into all areas of his life, including who would have known his schedule. but right now, they remain baffled as to what would have prompted this shooting. >> this person lied in wait. >> frightening stuff. now, to the latest on the death of musical superstar jenni rivera. she was killed in a plane crash that right now has no apparent cause. a team of investigators is on the case, rushing to find out why her lear jet went down. jim avila has been tracking the latest in washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, amy. the loss of this homegrown superstar, beloved on both sides of the border, is under investigation by u.s. and mexican officials.
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under scrutiny, the maintenance of the plane and the medical record of a pilot in his late 70s. mexican-american superstar jenni rivera may be lost. her twin-engine lear jet, spread over a 1,000-foot debris field. but overnight, her family refused to give up on a miracle. >> we have no confirmation of her body being recovered. we are strong. and we'll continue to stay strong. >> reporter: still, the news from investigators is not encouraging. reports of a rapid lost of altitu altitude, just outside monterrey, mexico, where the mexican-american superstar had performed the night before the crash. now, we're learning that the small twin-engine lear jet was old. it was a 43-year-old jet. and one of the two pilots was 78. both of those factors will be investigated by mexican authorities, aided by the american national transportation
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safety board. >> there's no age limit for pilots. >> reporter: as for the plane, it had one serious crash in 2005. a different pilot ran off the runway, during landing at amaril amarillo, texas. the ntsb blamed the pilot for losing control. >> if there was a problem back in 2005, it would wait this long to manifest itself. >> reporter: mexican authorities say it will take up to ten days for the initial result of the investigation to be known, leaving behind a grieving but still hopeful family. and fans. >> she was more than just a song writer and a singer and a very famous singer. she was a personality. >> reporter: mexican officials are hoping to find a black box in the wreckage that would have recorded any mechanical issue and/or a voice recorder that could have captured the last moments in the cockpit. george? >> jim, thanks. we have the latest on the royal hoax that ended in a tragic suicide. the australian deejays behind it
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are sick with remorse. their show has been canceled. and more serious legal consequences may be coming next. cecilia vega is covering it from sydney. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: media here, are saying that the nurse who answered that phony phone call did not tell her family about it, before she died in an apparent suicide. now, they're left wondering how a joke could have ended like this. the fallout over that australian radio prank gone so wrong continued overnight, after days of suspended advertising. the radio station, at the center of a global firestorm, announced it will resume airing commercials on thursday. but that all profits will go directly to the family of the unsuspecting nurse at the center of that joke. >> hello there. could i please speak to kate, please, my granddaughter? >> yes. just hold on, ma'am. >> reporter: the deejays who made that call to prince edward vii hospital learned their show has been canceled.
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and now, may face charges that their call was illegally recorded. >> shattered, broken. and obviously, personally, i'm -- >> reporter: and in london, saldana's husband and teenage children met with officials. through a british lawmaker, they spoke out for the first time. >> this is a close family. they are devastated by what has happened. they miss her every moment of every day. >> i just wanted to reach out to them and just give them a big hug and say, sorry. i really do. >> reporter: deejays mel greig and mica christian has been suspended indefinitely. in 2009, it was reportedly reprimanded after using a lie detector to get a 14-year-old girl to talk about her sex life. she revealed on-air she had been raped. and after the royal hoax, the station says it has banned phony
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phone calls altogether. it says it plans to donate a minimum of $500,000 to the saldanha family, george, to help them through this difficult time. >> such a sad story. thank you very much. it's time for better news. >> good news for one arizona man. we're talking about the huge winner of that record powerball jackpot. he's an arizona dad, who is sharing that almost $600 million prize. we know his name and his friends and his neighbors are speaking out. abc's ryan owens has the story. >> reporter: meet matt good. as in good luck. good fortune. and according to his close friends, a good guy. >> just a very personable, nice guy. he's always out there trying to help somebody. >> reporter: the 37-year-old is a manager at an electronics company. and says he'll keep his job for now. he lives with his wife and young daughter in this home in phoenix.
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>> just fabulous people. >> reporter: lottery officials say good did exactly what someone who won $192 million should. he hired a team of attorneys and financial advisers. and disappeared from the public eye. >> we have an arizona winner. >> reporter: arizona lottery big-wigs held a news conference last week. but state law didn't require him to attend. so, he didn't. and issued this statement. we have extremely grateful and feel fortunate to now have an increased ability to support our charities and causes. good is taking the cash option now, telling lottery officials he's worried his taxes will go up even more if the politicians bickering in d.c. push the country over the fiscal cliff. he'll be fine either way. but we're not so sure about that worker caught on tape celebrating in a maryland gas station. remember him? everyone thought he had the winning ticket. it turns out, he didn't have the goods. mr. good did. for "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, dallas.
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>> had some fun with that. gets to pay those taxes, huh? >> would you -- arizona does not require you to reveal yourself. would you? >> no. >> would you stay anonymous? >> yes. >> i would. >> we have to move on. there's no way any of you could be anonymous if you won. forget about it. >> all right. neither can these dogs right here. we showed you these dogs last week, learning to drive. that was hard enough to believe. but they have taken to the racetrack, all to encourage more people to adopt rescue dogs. abc's nick watt went along for the amazing ride. >> reporter: this could be the beginning of the end for human kind. until now, we were the only species to have ever driven a car. that's porter, a bearded collie. driving around a racetrack on live tv monday. a doggy driving test. >> good boy. >> reporter: is he driving a stick? >> good boy. >> reporter: this is a mind melt.
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i thought dogs talking on youtube was weird enough. >> want potatoes? >> reporter: then, the spca went to take dogs through intensive driving training. >> accelerator. feet on the steering wheel. the brake here. >> reporter: and there's the giant schnauzer showing off his new trick in a modified mini. finally, the paws to the pedal test. his test, porter, made it around that bend. he did it. then, he ate some dirt. some of us are lousy parkers. and we have opposable thumbs. i don't like this. now, dogs are driving cars. last weekend, that monkey was found wearing a jacket in ikea. the mayans said the world is supposed to end next week. i don't know. i'm feeling pretty uneasy about all this. >> good. good boy. >> reporter: for "good morning
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america," nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> i love the monkey in a coat. >> hats off to nick watt to get the monkey in there. >> quote it. monkey in ikea. that's the greatest thing. >> i have one burning question. isn't there a fear, that the dog is driving 60 miles per hour down the highway and has a sudden urge to stick the head out the window and enjoy the ride? >> i don't think they're going 60 miles per hour down the highway. >> dogs like to sick their heads out the -- i know. when you have to explain it, it's no good. let's start with the thunderstorms and thunder showers in the deep south today. this line will fire up the stronger thunderstorms in the area shaded in red. that's from orlando to that beautiful zone known as miami. here's where the cold air is. 3 below in fargo, all the way to 30 in houston. those are the windchills. but the real temperatures are almost there. and freeze warnings almost all the way to brownsville, texas. a chilly one today.
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and coming up next here on "gma," a dramatic day in court in the trial of the high school valedictorian accused of killing his mother. chilling testimony from his ex-girlfriend, about his fears for his little sister home alone with his mother. dan and nancy weighing in live. and tom cruise on the red carpet for the first time since he split from katie. what he revealed about his christmas plans. nine days till christmas and eddy said the toys might not be ready! eddy? the elf!
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good morning i'm eric thomas. we are following developing news on the peninsula. a car plunged hundreds of feet over a cliff this morning on skyline boulevard and daly city. two people were rescued, one is reportedly in critical condition. skyline teen john daly boulevard and john muir drive was closed for several hours.zpv >> right lane, still blocked, left lane getting by. it has been that way for a bit now. we'll follow that again in our next break. right now about with toll, accident before metering lights lane three, some sort of medical emergency. traffic backing behind the tolls.2h÷ó fog in san rafael, headlights can barely see that has been rolling in now, limited visibility south 101 through marin, sick alert westbound 80 in davis, -- "sig alert" westbound 80 in davis, big rig
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beautiful!)!zs picture from mount tamalpais this morning as we look south low clouds rolling in on the sea breeze cooler conditions this afternoon, some of these clouds are thick fairfield, novato up 101 where we have half mile even lower or tighter visibility there. 30s inland except antioch 41, san rafael 44 mid 40s to near 50 bay and coast rain move knows night after suns
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♪ sure does pay to be beyonce. what a business phenom she has become. a deal with pepsi, worth a cool $50 million. one of the biggest collaboration deals ever. $50 million. >> that's almost as good as winning the lottery. and is the royal hoax from the australian deejays the end of shock jocks?
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you're going to hear from one of the top ones on the air right now. and pressing question. how do you get labor out of food but not the calories out of food? >> with a beaker? >> apparently with a beaker. a bunson burner. sam? >> you shall. >> don't get it in the liquid. just the smoke. >> i am so full right now. i couldn't even have a tic tac. i am -- >> woo, wow. i'm -- i am overcaffeinated already. >> there is a flavor. >> there is. >> yeah. >> i think you would want to eat more. >> that looks illegal. >> it is ominous looking. >> but, boy, it's tasty. >> looking forward to more on that. also, tom cruise, for the
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first time since his high-profile split from katie. we're going to start out with the michigan valedictorian on trial for killing his mother. his ex-girlfriend pointed a picture inside the home before the murder. but which side does it help? dan and nancy to weigh in on that. first, abc's john muller. >> reporter: chilling testimony from the ex-girlfriend of a former high school valedictorian, accused of brutally murdering his own mother. >> she believed her medication was sorcery and witchcraft. and therefore, it was evil. >> reporter: holly telling jurors ruth pyne was dangerous and delusional, assaulting her son, jeffrey esh, in the months before she was murdered. >> she had been storing knives in her headboard. she watched the religious channel. >> reporter: prosecutors say 22-year-old jeffrey pyne
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bludgeoned his mother to death in the family's michigan garage in may of 2011. they claim he was fueled by pent-up rage after years of abuse at the hands of a mentally ill mother. who spent time in jail for abusing him. troubling for the defense, the dramatic blisters on jeffrey pyne's hands. disturbing photos that jurors have seen over and over again. pyne maintains he got the blisters throwing a wooden pallet at his job. freeman spoke of jeffrey's fear for his 12-year-old sister being alone in the house with his mother. a fear she shared with jeffrey. >> i did not think it was a good idea for julia to ever be alone with ruth in the house. >> reporter: defense attorneys maintain jeffrey was not involved in any way with his mother's murder. claiming a stranger or strangers likely attacked ruth pyne on that may day in 2011.
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for "good morning america," john muller, abc news, new york. >> okay. let's get more from our legal team, nancy grace, dan abrams, our legal analyst. dan, let me begin with you. the ex-girlfriend, a prosecution witness. and establishes grounds for a motive. and can create sympathy for the defense. >> she is doing what the prosecution wanted, which is to lay the groundwork for their motive, which is this is a mother who is out of control, who is slowly descending. that she's off her medication. that he had been worried about it. he had been talking about it. but you're right. on the other hand, it provides something. if the jurors don't want to convict here, and they want to sort of think to themselves, i don't believe that reason -- i believe they have not proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt, this will be one of the things in the back of their minds when they say to themselves, i don't know if i want to convict this guy. >> nancy, in the end, was she an
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effective witness for the prosecution? >> well, here's the deal. it's six of one, half-dozen of another. several of the witnesses we heard from this week and the last 24 hours, have really hurt the state. and the irony is, the state brought them on. number one, the girlfriend you're talking about. she was a witness for the state. but the reality is, i think she'd help the defense by describing the home life. not only that, she described how ruth pyne, the deceased, was hoarding an arsenal of lives in her headboard, behind her in her bed. that she had gone off the deep end, was watching the religious televangelists 24/7. walking around the house with a bible. was angry because her 22-year-old son was having sex with his girlfriend. everything was going haywire in the home. and we find out the dad, and the state's bringing this on, gentlem gentlemen, that the father,
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bernie pyne, is having an affair, behind his wife's back. he's lying to his wife and the girlfriend, saying the wife is in a catatonic state. now, we're seeing motive by the husband, too. and i'm very, very surprised they brought in evidence by the girlfriend, the boy, the defendant, had lied to her. he was cheating on the girlfriend. that's bad reputation evidence. that's reversible error. what were they thinking? >> how far does the judge go to tell the jury to disregard all of the extraneous? >> judges, all the time, tell -- they do. nancy's right to be laughing. they do tell jurors all the time. disregard this particular piece of evidence. but the truth is, they heard it. >> best not to tell the jury because if you tell the jury, don't listen to that, then they really listen to it. >> yeah. and that's always a real challenge. and does become an issue later on, in appeal.
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we talked a lot about this case about the possibility. nancy used the word jury nullification. that the jurors may ignore the judge's instructions here and find them simply not guilty. i think there's a way for them to say, within the judge's instructions, i don't believe they've proven this case beyond a reasonable doubt. yes, i believe there's questions. yes, i believe there's a lot of evidence that sure looks like he did it. but i think these jurors -- >> no dna. >> i think the jurors, it's the hands and the alibi, that are the key pieces of evidence here. and i think the jurors could come to the conclusion, that's not proven beyond a reasonable doubt. >> we only have 30 seconds. you think they have a strong position? >> i think it boils down to the little girl left in the home. and the jury is going to think that little girl, just 12 years old now, was going to be brutalized by this mom. and they're going to let him walk. they're going to think he's a hero. >> nancy, dan, thank you very much. let's get the weather from sam. >> good morning.
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now that i know it works, disregard this forecast. see? nancy said -- all right. so, now that -- i'm going to stop right now. i'm going to stop. it's not working out. now that this low drops down the west coast, this is a soggy time period. but it's more powerful cold air than a real hit of rain. a dry couple of days on the west coast. now, you get the moisture and the cold air sweeping through. the number is 369 days without a freeze in vegas. this front may do it. it's the longest stretch without a freeze in vegas. another number. 281. that's chicago days without snow. chicago probably won't get it because look at the numbers coming up. the mild air pushes to the east coast. chicago comes up to 41 on wednesday. thursday, at 43. friday, dallas, you're in the 60s.
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>> crickets. all that weather was brought to you -- >> that was powerful. >> we were laughing on the inside. >> were you? good. >> i was scratching my head. >> thank you, sam. and coming up, will that explosive royal hoax with the end of shock jocks on the radio? we'll hear from one of the top ones on the air right now. and hugh jackman and russell crowe walk into a bar. you won't believe what happened next. it's my favorite time of year again
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[spider-man] we got this. ♪ [mom] this hero stuff is easy! back at 7:42, with more on the fallout on that hoax by australian deejays. american shock jocks have been
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going over the line for years. does this tragic episode mark the end of their funny business? abc's linsey davis has the story. >> hello there. could i please speak to kate, please, my granddaughter? >> reporter: the australian deejays who made this prank call have gone radio silent. their show canceled. and the station issuing a company-wide suspension of prank calls, after the anurse that was on their call, apparently committed suicide. jay nice has a regular prank segment on his show. >> entertainers try to use real-life everyday circumstances and try to find humor in it. >> reporter: he says his station has no intentions of pulling the plug on prank calls. and they don't need to, based on u.s. law, where such calls only become problematic when it was proclaimed the act would cause damage or injury. >> hello. this is sarah. how are you?
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>> reporter: sarah palin was famously pranked when she was running for vice president, by a montreal-based comedy duo, pretending to be french president nicolas sarkozy. a prank caller made his way through security to speak to tony blair while he was prime minister. >> hello, tony? >> yes. >> it's william haig. >> it's a quite good imitation. >> reporter: but it was no laughing matter in 1998, when opie and anthony, deejays from a boston radio station were fired by telling listeners on april fool's day, that the mayor had died. while the australian deejay's show has been terminated, it's not sure if they will be. >> she was giving us real information. >> reporter: the same joke they initially laughed at is now the reason for their tears. linsey davis, abc news, new york. who is really watching you when you're shopping?
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right then, here's "the play of the day." >> great couple of weeks of "play of the day." this week, we're rolling out my favorites of the year. next week, we're going to let you vote on your favorites of the year. >> oh. >> three clips today. all babies, which i just love so much. twins talking to each other. lost a sock, he says. what do you think of the fiscal cliff negotiations? he was asked. i think they'll work everything out in time for christmas. 76 million hits later. take a look at these two.
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>> love the cowlick. >> my pacifier. >> my pacifier. >> that's a fun game. >> aw. >> i mean, that is hours of entertainment. i mean, it really is. and remember them? this is the dad who strummed his guitar for his kids. [ laughter ] i had so many people ask us if this was cgi. unmanipulated video. it is pure here. "play of the day." i love these. i love all of you. you can vote for your favorite "play of the day," right now on on yahoo! the winners will be revealed next week. we'll have more on "gma" live and on yahoo! coming up, inhaling your food. what could go wrong? there's a new ladies' man in town, and he knows to shop at walgreens during the holidays. we have great gifts at great prices,
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good morning i'm eric thomas. today saturday contra costa board of supervisors will vote on the closure of four fire stations in martinez, walnut creek, west lafayette and clayton after voters rejected parcel tax for services.
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residents can expect to face longer response times. mike has the forecast. low clouds along the coast some spilling into san francisco thickest fog north bay valley, 30s and 40s inland, 40s and 50s day. mid 50s to low 60s rain tonight through tomorrow morning. carpool the way to go at bay bridge toll, metering lights on traffic backed beyond the west grand overcrossing fire san bruno avenue two left lanes blocked still slow there that car fire is out now both directions past the scene. eastbound 580 at 238, we have an accident. the news continues now with "good morning a
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[ cheers and applause ] a happy holiday crowd out in times square. among the poinsettias. getting ready for christmas. now, we're all being watched in the studio right now. good morning, america. as you know, robin is home recovering. there it is.
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that's coming from right over there. the mannequin is a spy. >> as if mannequins weren't scary enough. >> sam, if you happened to be shoplifting josh's peanuts right now, you'd be in trouble. that mannequin would catch you. >> that is not even -- >> good morning, everyone. >> we're going to tell you behind all that. sorry, robin. we're sorry to embarrass you with what you did right there. >> aren't mannequins already scary? and they have cameras in their eyes. looking forward to it. we're also going to have the latest this morning on the brave, medical battle for brooke burke. you know her as the host of "dancing with the stars." now, she's revealing details about her life-saving surgery. this could be the best thing ever. it's always been a thing for me. i always have to have dessert. >> you want to do -- >> what if you could have all of
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the dessert you wanted with no calories? it's the device that could revolutionize -- i don't know if this is the one that revolutionizes it. it's completely different. >> we're having a cup of hazel nut coffee spilling all over. >> it gives yo uh the fuu the f. >> i don't know what it is. >> you're right. >> you've been eating peanuts all morning. >> this is apple. >> they changed it? >> yeah. it's apple. want to get in there? >> it's apple. >> we won't be repurposing this video for anything. >> do you get the calories when you inhale them? >> i don't know, amy. i don't know. we are rocking the holidays. it is time -- get your bells ready, people. play name that holiday tune. >> oh.
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>> we're going to play a full game later in the program. with no further adio. have your holiday bell ready. ♪ it's the right time >> i think robach may have had it. please, stop playing. the song is? >> "jingle well rock." >> there's bonus points to be had. who sings it? okay, smarty pants. all right. >> nobody, all at once. >> who does sing it? >> blake shelton singing. "jingle bell rock." >> would have never gotten that. more ahead on our digital show, ""gma" live. across all time zones on on yahoo! that was a good one, josh.
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>> it was a nice transition so i could unhand my skinny mic. we're going to begin with the wild weather that sam's been telling us about this morning. more than a dozen possible tornadoes have touched down across the south, including one you see here in florida. 1 twister damaged more than 150 properties in louisiana. the storm is part of the same system that caused whiteout conditions from texas to minnesota. two deaths have been reported. and a health scare this morning for human rights hero nelson mandela. the former south african president who is 94 years old, has been diagnosed with a severe lung infection. doctors say mandela is responding well to treatment so far. and a dramatic scene in cleveland overnight. a car drove right into this apartment building. take a look. it actually crashed right into a bedroom. the only reason the two people who were inside are alive is because they were sleeping on the floor. if they had been sleeping in the bed, they would have been
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crushed to death. great news there. great news about the health of our children. after decades on the rise, childhood obesity rates are finally beginning to fall. new york, philadelphia, los angeles, among the cities showing declines of roughly 3% to 5%. even parts of mississippi, that has the highest obesity rate in the country, are seeing a drop. meanwhile, a new labor dispute in the airline industry this morning, with a different kind of threat. flight attendants with american airlines partner cathay are so angry, they may stop smiling at passengers. i think we all can weigh in. >> no one is smiling with number two. remarkable images, meanwhile. technology in action. take a look. a canadian company has developed a new camouflage fabric that makes soldiers all but invisible. it bends light waves around the
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person who is wearing it. these pictures an illustration. the real technology is being kept top-secret. finally, a warning for women who wear high-heels this holiday season. public transit officials in england have put up a not-so-subtle poster up warning women to watch their step. they've released video along with it. it shows what happens when women in heels aren't so careful. apparently there's an increase in injuries at train stations. >> oh, no. no. >> no. >> that is terrible. >> amy, it's not hilarious, okay. not nearly this funny. >> i can laugh at something. i have been in that situation. >> what, amy? >> you are cracking up. >> great to see. we're just here trying to do the news. >> we're going to save you with "pop news." yesterday was a warm-up for me.
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this is the real deal the morning. she told us that girls run the world. but she's being a bit modest. beyonce runs the world. we just live in it. the singer has scored a $50 million deal with pepsi, as its new brand ambassador. that means we're going to sea a lot more of queen b., like on the side of your soda can. telling "the new york times," pepsi embraces creativity and understand that artists evolve. >> you were beyonce at halloween last year. >> i went to high school with beyonce. i was a long, lost member of destiny's child. they were very intimidated by my dancing skills. >> you're the real queen b. >> love beyonce. already, moving on. twitter is revealing highlights from 2012. we have an exclusive first look at some of the most memorable moments. director james cameron making his tweet from behind the sea,
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just arrived at the ocean's deepest point. hitting bottom never felt so good. and who could forget jimmy kimmel's emmy prank, getting everyone to tweet, tracy morgan passed out on stage. and it worked. for the full list, go to on yahoo! right now. it's going to be a very merry christmas for tom cruise. the actor speaking to reporters for the first time since his split from katie holmes this summer. it sounds like he's going to have a full house this holiday season. according to "people" magazine, cruise plans to spend christmas with bella, connor and surri an has plans. sounds like a good christmas for the cruise family. two guys walk into a bar. not just any two guys. hugh jackman and russell crowe, the two "les mis" stars, making
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a club appearance at crowe's show. >> that's so cool. >> that is pretty cool. i saw the movie the other night. >> was it amazing? >> it is unbelievable. >> oscar buzz. >> so great. >> looks great. sam? oh, go, go, go. what rare delicacy is novak djokovic reportedly buying up by the pound? >> smoke. we'll find out after the weather from sam champion. >> we're trying to warm folks up. virginia, good morning. how are you? nice to see you. [ cheers ] i love that you guys have started decorating the poinsettia patch. or as josh would say, poinsettia. let me hear from applause. is it poinsettia? applause. or is it poinsettia?
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no. you're the only one. what's your name? >> jennifer. >> you're the only one that thinks it's poinsettia. you and josh. that's two of you. let's get to the boards. one or two things we want to tell you about. we're going to start with the picture out of boston. a live shot there. look at this. and we have to get rid of the showery and shroud stuff on the eastern seaboard. expect that the temperatures will be a little chilly over the next couple of days. at least, the mess in the skies, and you'll get a chance to see the sunshine there. here's the early morning deep chill. look at austin, houston, corpus, loredo. even brownsville. i need to apologize to you folks it's so cold this morning when you step out your doors in texas. we're used to it in times square. but think of the poor folks in texas that aren't used to it. there's where the storms are rolling in the areas shaded in
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>> an audience full of cold hands. if you think that's enough "gma," we beg to differ. here's what's ahead on the morning menu. it's brooke burke-charvet's medical battle. how retailers are tracking you this holiday season. and why the new daning trend may be inhaling your food. that's coming up right here. we'll see if it works. on "gma" in times square. stay with us.
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and now, the answer to our pop quiz. what rare delicacy is novak djokovic reportedly buying up by the pound? sam? say it. >> donkey cheese. >> donkey cheese. >> it's very rare. >> one of the world's most expensive cheeses. and we're hearing he wants to serve it at his restaurant chain. >> is it really the milk of a donkey? or does it smell like a donkey? >> no. amy. >> are you okay? we have another hour left. >> it's made from donkey's milk. >> 43 more minutes. can i have a single shot here? >> all of us together.
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we're going to turn to the latest on brooke burke-charvet. it's about thyroid cancer. the "dancing with the stars" host is resting after throat surgery. that made her feel like she had been hit by a car. >> reporter: hers was the face of courage. brooke burke-charvet dazzling the ballroom at the season finale of "dancing with the stars." but the brave smile masking her fear for her health. >> a whole lot of research and a whole lot of doctors' appointments for me. >> reporter: she had a thyroidectomy, to remove a nodule on her thyroid. tweeting this from the hospital, last looks at my neck. and now, brooke burke-charvet is opening up for the first time since her surgery. i'm resting, recovering. surgery went well.
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feels like i got hit by a car. a few days later, showing this photo of her neck, saying, healing. >> her wound will continue to look better and better. and most likely, it will be inperceptible a year from now. >> reporter: the mother of four is going to bed at the same time as her kids. just put my babies to bed. and i'm right behind them. she only revealed her diagnosis, six weeks ago. >> i went for a regular physical. and that's how i discovered this. >> reporter: and even documented her fears about sharing the news with her children. writing about her 4-year-old son's reaction. saying, he laid in bed and said, i don't want mommy to die. that's the stuff that breaks my heart. also confiding, i'm not afraid anymore. i'm ready to put this behind me. less than a week after her surgery, burke-charvet appears to be in good spirits. thanking her twitter followers online, for all of their support. including members of her "dancing with the stars" family, like cheryl burke.
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for "good morning america," paula faris, abc news, new york. >> all our best for brooke. so glad to know she is going to be okay. we're going to have more fun now. talking about mannequins, watching us right now. there's a real reason why we're showing you this. it turns out store mannequins, where you're shopping this holiday season. and they're looking at us right now, bianna. >> is trying to track what you buy and who is buying it. i'm frightened. >> it's a bit creepy. but technology at work. mannequins aren't just there to show off merchandise anymore. this the really creepy now. they can help retailers gather important marketing information. so, i hit the stores to find out just how these mannequins work and whether customers are buying into this new technology. with the holidays just days away, americans are spending countless hours in stores. perusing, running, even fighting for that gift. would you believe that the
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solution could be right before your eyes. actually hers. meet the latest high-tech weapon in the retail wars, featured at the recent association for retail showcase. she uses visual technology to gather information on its customers. she's something lifted right out of "minority report." >> welcome back to the gap. how did the tank top work out for you? >> the camera inside the eye. and the camera is tied to face recognition software. >> reporter: this is how the mannequin works. let's say a customer walks through the door. and sees a dress that he or she likes. as the customer is observing the dress, the mannequin is on observing the customer. the mannequin is made by one of the world's leading mannequin manufacturers. their lips are sealed when it comes to which of their giantses are using them. and while they wouldn't let us
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take a peek inside, they gave us a tip. >> you can see the cameras. >> there's holes in the pupils. >> reporter: these dummies don't come cheap. they cost $5,000. but alnex is hoping that stores will be willing to pay big bucks to get an edge. buying into the idea that the more they learn about their shoppers, the more they'll sell. >> that's the way technology is going to advance. before you go home, your refrigerator will be able to tell you you're out of milk. you can stop on the way instead of finding out later. >> reporter: at h&m, reaction was mixed. >> they're invading privacy. >> i think it's smart, actually. >> go back to the drawing board because the camera in the mannequin thing is creeping me out. >> reporter: she's not alone. the mannequins use facial recognition software that's similar to used by police and law enforcement. the company that makes these mannequins say they do not profile customers. they don't collect any of the
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information. they don't store it. it's just to have for the retailers. >> a little unnerving, nonetheless. good to know it's out there. now, to the device that we have been inhaling all morning. literally. it's part of a hot, new trend to turn your food into sensational smelling first. you get a taste of your desserts without any of that food. tanya rivero tested it out. >> reporter: attention foodies. put down your fork. the latest culinary craze doesn't involve food at all. >> for me, it's like going into a steam room. >> reporter: take a whiff of the wok. a high-tech kitchen gadget, to put flavor on your taste buds,
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not your waistline. the wok is sweeping shores. how do you make a delicacy? show us how it's done. >> you said you like mint chocolate chip. we're going to do that. mint chocolate chip. start raw ingredients. mint. and cocoa. put these two together. a little chocolate liqueur for the kick. and we're going to strain that and see what happens. there's a straw. >> reporter: it's like an ice cream cloud. with endless flavor combinations, it turns any meal into a culinary quiz show. let's see if you can trip me up.
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>> this one might stump you. it might. >> reporter: so, cherry? >> no. >> reporter: raspberry. >> that's it. >> reporter: round two. all right. >> this is it. >> reporter: this is tough. it's not liche, is it? it's liche. >> this is one of my favorites. >> reporter: it's on the tip of my tongue. you almost got it. >> reporter: is this a mojito? i'm cuban. it took me that long. >> that's it. >> reporter: that's preposterous. >> wow. that's impressive. we're cleansing our nasal pallets. we brought three different flavors for you. and each of you are going to try to guess what that is. go ahead, josh. the trick is not to inhale. just take a whiff. >> that's a little late. >> everybody gets a chance.
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>> i think i know. >> all right. >> wait until everyone gets their turn. just wait. go ahead, sam. >> i think it's -- let's huddle. >> apple pie. >> you guys are right. ding, ding, ding. next. and again, this is not a diet product, guys. it's meant to be a supplement to your food. >> i know. >> don't do this instead of eating. >> that's right. we're not telling you not to eat. what do you think? >> coffee? >> mocha. >> wrong. x, x, x. wrong. chocolate cake. chocolate cake. you see? you use your eyes to taste a lot. >> oh, yeah. >> don't take such a big whiff.
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>> this one is savory. >> this one is bad. >> tier yak can i. . good morning i'm kristen sze. divers are set to resume their search today for a fair oaks man. police say 77-year-old philip mattingly was last seen working on his tugboat saturday evening. the boat was alongside an old ship. sunday divers searched and the coast guard searched,
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conditions in the water prevented them from resewellingfbx/h -- from resumig their search yesterday. bart delay 5 to 10 minutes to east bay locations. "sig alert" westbound 80 davis at 113 connector ramp shutdown. 101 candlestick park accident left lane. north 101 fair oaks in san jose accident there left lane. new accident west 24 old tunnel road car fire off to the shoulder. when goes the rain alive
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low clouds along the coast heading into san francisco, along with the fog still thick across the north bay 30s 40s inland. destination mid 50s to low 60s rain comes ♪ christmas christmas ♪ listening to mariah carey. big, happy crowd out there in times square. let's come inside to the beautiful puppies right there. how cute are they? how would you like to rent one for a few hours? you can do it now. that's a new and controversial business. renting puppies. is it helping puppies in peril? get your bells ready. or is it an idea that should go to the dogs?
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we'll have that in a minute. good morning, america. great to have bianna and amy here today. lara, off this week. robin, of course, at home. and "american idol" champ, scotty mccreery is getting us in the season. just ahead, he's going to sing from his first holiday cd. we can't wait for that. loved him on "american idol." love him here at "gma." >> great. by the way, can you -- is it possible, folks -- i don't know the answer to this. to get the hottest holiday gifts for everyone on your list without blowing your budget? if we were, we wouldn't show you that. under $100. under $20? no way. the best holiday gifts of the season, right here. >> that's coming up. we're not over at 9:00 today. 9:15 a.m., "gma live!" that's on on yahoo! our brand-new digital show. we show you what happens during the commercial breaks. what got amy laughing so hard this morning. >> i have a laughing disorder. >> you can find out all about it
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on on yahoo! for "gma live!" >> you're still a good person. okay. are we ready to play "gma" rocks the holidays? we're playing name that holiday tune. who will be the champion and guess the christmas classic in the fewest notes. ring in when you think you know the song. one point for the correct song. two points if you can name the artist. song number one. would you play it now, please? ♪ another christmas melody >> wow. >> never heard this song. >> i have no idea. >> is it luther vandross? >> not luther. it's donny hathaway. >> "let it snow," boyz ii men. boyz ii men. >> that's a tough one. >> it was. >> wow. this is working out well. please, play the next song.
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♪ sam champion. >> is that "walking in the winter wonderland"? >> it is. >> can you tell me who was singing it? >> you say listen and then you took the music away. i can't. >> was it britney spears? >> no. ♪ sleigh bells ring in the lane ♪ >> samuel j.'s almost got it. >> i don't have it. i don't know. >> selena gomez. >> i wouldn't have gotten that, either. >> these are tough. >> yeah. >> this is tough. >> i thought we were doing christmas classics. >> that's a classic. this is a classic. >> oh, wham. wham. >> "last christmas." >> yes. okay, everybody. here we go. you have to ring the bell. ring the bell. >> she already rang it. i was following up.
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>> no. one more, please. this is a duet. ♪ all the lights are shining >> samuel j. >> i don't know the name of the song. >> you don't get a guess. >> i want to guess. it's mariah carey. this the justin bieber? >> yes, it is. i lost control. >> "all i want for christmas is you." it was in the movie -- "love actually." >> we're going to tally the numbers, as depressing as they might be, and we'll come up with a winner. you're all winners, in my book. george? >> yes. i'm over here, guys. guys? i'm over here. i'm here with nunu and alexander.
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we're here to tell you about a story we were telling you about a minute ago. renting puppies. a utah college student has come up with this idea. she says it's to help shine a light on the plight of rescue dogs, like these cuties right here. but not all animal experts are sold on it. here's abc's abbie boudreau. >> reporter: meet toast, and his rambunctious buddy, charly. these puppies are temporary best friends. it's a new way of fulfilling the animal fix, with no strings or messy house attached. you can rent toast or charly for a few hours. how much would it cost to rent toast for two hours? >> $25 for two hours. >> reporter: jenna is a 20-year-old college student at byu in utah. between her classes, she rents out puppies who have been abandoned. >> we're not allowed to have pets in housing. a lot of people miss the animal interaction. so, that's what i wanted to help solve. >> reporter: now, pups for rent is filling a void for dozens of students and family.
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some people think that's not such a good idea. >> i know. i can see how there's concerns surrounding that. but our goal is to place puppies in good homes. we're taking puppies that would be sitting in the cage in the pound. >> reporter: but not everyone agrees. bill berloni says renting puppies is a step in the wrong direction. >> it reduces them back to things. back to things that we use for our leisure. and if the human in its life keeps changing, they'll have a problem of learning how to attach. they'll become too independent. and be harder to train. >> reporter: "gma" tagged along to see what renting a puppy entails. adorable toast was being rented by a family for an hour. >> we have a waiver. basically, you are responsible for the puppy. >> all of our babies thought it would be fun to get together and play puppies. >> reporter: it seems like all of the perks and none of the responsibility. >> it would be better to adopt them. but when that's not an option, i don't think we should be deprived of animal interaction. >> reporter: summer jones rented douglas four weeks ago.
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and now, douglas is an unexpected but proud member of the jones family. >> my mom had been resistant about getting a dog. when you see the puppy in person, you can't help but fall in love with it. >> reporter: for miller, all of the 11 puppies she's rented have now been adopted, making it all worth it. >> people who thought maybe they'd never have a dog, they rent a puppy. they feel the positive benefits of pets and say, i need a dog. >> reporter: for "good morning america," abbie boudreau, abc news, salt lake city. >> get a close-up on nunu and alexander making out. they've been making out the whole piece. that is the goal, to get them adopted. these two guys, a guy and girl from the new york humane society. so many dogs in shelters who need full-time homes. and you can adopt these guys right here. i think you have to adopt them as a pair, though. >> yeah, you do. let's go to sam and the weather. >> we're out here in times square. good morning, everybody. happy -- wait. it's your birthday? >> yeah. >> tell me your name. >> nancy lungren.
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>> nancy, this sign says 80. but that can't be right. you look young and gorgeous. tell me your name. >> my name's colby kilty. >> hello, gorgeous family. tell me your names. >> charisse brown. tamara brown. >> nice to meet you all. here's a couple of things we'd like you to know before you head out the doors this morning. we're going to start with your twitter and facebook pictures that show us what it's like everywhere in the country. wisconsin to florida. a quick look at the southeast. this is where the thunderstorms will light up today, as the cold front drops down in the south. it's likely from orlando all the way to miami. this could have one or two scattered tornadoes popped up in there. make sure you're paying attention to your local abc station. in comes some warmer air that spreads from the west, all the way to the east. this is a cold shot of air in the deep south. that will mi
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warm coats, warm hearts coat drive. it's time to give you a tally on how you guys are helping us out. we've collected 52,986 coats so far for folks who need them. but we can do so much better. we'll show you how to do it. look at this picture of kathy in illinois. i love this. i love this. kathy, big love here. she asked her friends to donate coats instead of giving her presents for her 60th birthday. and she got so many coats, she was able to donate 150 coats to her burlington coat factory. happy birthday, kathy. more of that. more of that. we love you for that. help us donate those coats. we'll get the tally up. back inside to everybody. george? >> thank you, sam. coming up, i got this frisky puppies here. what's inside these boxes?
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great holiday gifts on a budget for everyone on your list.
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we are counting down to christmas. today, we have great gifts for everyone on your list, all under $100. and some as low as 5 bucks. here to show them to us, is "people style watch" and fashion director, kate dimmock. thank you for being with us. >> my pleasure. >> we understand this could be useful to many of us out here, in dropping temperatures in new york city. >> exactly. >> these are beautiful, right? >> gloves from portolano. they look like cashmere. but they're a polly-nylon blend. they're gorgeous, new year's
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eve. >> or every day. >> you don't need jewelry. >> that's a very good point. you're covered up anyway. the next one is under $100. and it could be for a man or a woman? >> exactly. these are beautiful lacquer boxes from c. wonder. what's hot in the gift-gives world is anything that's monogrammed. that personal touch means a lot to people. >> i love the colors. the colors are great. >> and a little tip, if you pick up "people style watch" you can get a 20% discount. >> it's well under $100. the next is under $60. >> under 60. >> this is personal and practical. or just pretty to display. >> right. >> these are from sephora. they're $58. you use makeup brushes every day. why shouldn't they be pretty? and what's so great about this is you get the clutch. we're getting you ready for new year's eve, as well.
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>> $58. it's two presents in one. >> i'm supposed to say that. >> all right. we have this next one under $60. >> exactly. yet another item from c. wonder. you're getting your 20% discount. this is a tea set for one. you're steeping your tea in your cup. and if you're not a big tea drinker, they're just pretty. $38. >> you have your tea here. >> you can drink soup out of that, too. >> this is an amazing price. the under $20 category. a lot of people in your life. you want to go out and find. >> you want to give somebody something. >> this is a hard one to find, i feel. and let's look at your first one. >> this is great. this is $10. and as we know, everybody is really into nail polish. this lets you. 14 different shades for $10 from
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e.l.f. >> $10. wow. that's incredible. >> fun for any lady in your life. >> or little girl. this is our last one. a perfect stocking stuffer, you said. >> $5. $5. >> and headphones are the must-have accessory at the moment. everybody's plugged in, from the age 5 to 95. and they come in a million colors. it's from five below. they're $5. >> i love the colors. and the bright colors. it's fun to see that pop. >> exactly. you can throw them in your bag. you'll have them to listen to your ipad or on a plane. it's great. a great gift. >> we have another gift over here under $100. oh, look. it's scotty. oh. $100. >> i thought you would never find me. >> there you go. this was really -- >> exactly.
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>> thank you, kate. we appreciate your time. and to get the detail osen these items, plus our complete holiday gift guide, you can always go to on yahoo! coming up next, "american idol" win earp scotty mccreery. he's performing a holiday favorite. you don't want to miss it. come on back.
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joined now, by country singing sensation, scotty mccreery. 19 years old. "american idol" win. number one albums, check. he is a guinness book world record holder. check. and he's here to perform a tune off a new album, "christmas with
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scotty mccreery." but first, let's check up with him. i read, you played the baby jesus at a church musical as a newborn. >> that was my debut. >> you've been prepping for this for your whole life. >> you better believe it, brother. >> you're in college. monday and wednesdays. >> i play at north carolina state university. but i'm there. and thursday, friday, saturday, sunday, we normally hit the road. i'm here with these lunatics here. >> we appreciate the lunatics coming in to play this morning. >> they're great. >> "american idol" obviously impacted your life. we see a lot of the national talent shows popping up now. so many people look at that as a way into the business. so many millions want to be you. so, what do you say to them right now? >> if i can do it, anybody can do it. lord have mercy. there's so many different ways to get in now. and tv's a way. the traditional way. no matter how it is, you have to get your foot in the door, be
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unique. and once you get it, it's the ride of a lifetime. it's pretty fun. >> are you ready to go on the ride with us here? with no further ado, scotty mccreery. ♪ oh the weather outside is frightful ♪ ♪ but the fire is so delightful ♪ ♪ and since we've no place to go ♪ ♪ let it snow! let it snow! ♪ ♪ let it snow! ♪ it doesn't show signs of stopping ♪ ♪ so i've bought some corn for popping ♪ ♪ the lights are turned way down low ♪ ♪ let it snow! let it snow! ♪ ♪ let it snow! ♪ when we finally kiss goodnight ♪ ♪ how i'll hate going out in the storm ♪ ♪ but if you'll really hold me tight ♪
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♪ all the way home i'll be warm ♪ ♪ the fire is slowly dying and, my dear ♪ ♪ we're still good-bying ♪ but as long as you love me so ♪ ♪ let it snow! let it snow! ♪ ♪ let it snow ♪ when we finally kiss goodnight ♪ ♪ how i'll hate going out in the storm ♪ ♪ but if you'll really hold me tight ♪ ♪ all the way home i'll be warm ♪ ♪ the fire is slowly dying and, my dear ♪ ♪ we're still good-bying ♪ but as long as you love me so ♪ ♪ let it snow!
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let it snow! ♪ ♪ let it snow! let it snow! ♪ ♪ let it snow! let it snow! ♪ ♪ let it snow!
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[ cheers and applause ] and we're counting down to "gma live!" 9:15 eastern. you can get it on demand all day. what we want you to do this morning is tweet a picture of you getting ready for school. you may show up on "gma live!" >> if by may, you mean definitely will. moment we've been waiting for. somebody had to win name that holiday tune. and let me tell you, he is now undefeated in holiday-themed competitions. there can only be one, sam champion. >> wow. thank you, josh. >> i knew you had it in you. five, four, three, two, one. [ male announcer ] steak combos.
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featured now at sizzler. tri tip sirloin with fried shrimp, malibu chicken, or grilled shrimp. starting at just $9.99. sizzler. i'm kristen sze breaking news from san leandro a school bus and two other vehicles were involved in a crash after 8:00 on east 14th and 165th avenue. sky 7 hd was over the scene two ambulances arrived. no word on who was hurt or the number of injuries. three fire trucks responding to that accident in
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san leandro. the left lane and left-turn lane southbound are still blocked. right lane getting by. both northbound lanes clear. earlier car fire had eastbound caldecott tunnel bore shutdown, reopened "sig alert" there left lane still closed. doppler you can see tonight's storm there comes into the north bay 8:00, exits south bay 6:00 tomorrow. announcer: it's "live! with kelly & michael." today, from the drama, "homeland," mandy patinkin. and he plays the president on he se the series "scandal," tony goldwyn. plus, "live's holiday hits week" continues with a performance from lifehouse. all next on the from lifehouse. all next on the emmy-award-winning "live."


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